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SHOSTAKOVICH: Golden Age (The), Op. 22

The three full-length ballet scores that Dmitry Shostakovich wrote between 1925 and 1935 remain among his least known works. The Golden Age revolves around the visit of a Soviet football team to a Western city (referred to as 'U-town') at the time of an industrial exhibition, only for its heroic sporting and social endeavours constantly to be undermined by hostile administrators, decadent artistes and corrupt officials. Even before its premiere Shostakovich had prepared a suite, including the famous Polka (Naxos 8.553126), which barely hints at the dissonant harmonies and intricate contrapuntal designs to be found elsewhere in the ballet. This recording is the first to present the work complete with all repeats observed, enabling listeners to assess the ballet in all its exhilarating and, at times, anarchic intensity.



Disc 1

Shostakovich, Dmitry

  Zolotoy vek (The Golden Age), Op. 22, "The Age of Gold"
1.   Prelude 00:01:58
2.   Act I Scene 1, The Golden Age of Industry Exhibition: Procession of the Guests of Honour 00:02:37
3.   Act I Scene 1, The Golden Age of Industry Exhibition: Inspection of the Display Windows 00:02:02
4.   Act I Scene 1, The Golden Age of Industry Exhibition: Demonstration of Important Exhibits - Appearance of the Soviet Football Team 00:02:56
5.   Act I Scene 1, The Golden Age of Industry Exhibition: Magician - Advertising Agent - Dance of the Hindu 00:03:54
6.   Act I Scene 1, The Golden Age of Industry Exhibition: Boxing as an Advertising Stunt 00:02:03
7.   Act I Scene 1, The Golden Age of Industry Exhibition: Scandal during the Boxing Match - Entrance of the Police 00:02:17
8.   Act I Scene 2, Exhibition Hall: Dance of the Golden Youths 00:03:58
9.   Act I Scene 2, Exhibition Hall: Dance of Diva: Adagio 00:10:05
10.   Act I Scene 2, Exhibition Hall: Appearance of the Soviet Football Team and Diva's Variations 00:02:16
11.   Act I Scene 2, Exhibition Hall: Soviet Dance 00:02:17
12.   Act I Scene 2, Exhibition Hall: Diva asks the Leader of the Soviet Team to Dance with Her 00:01:10
13.   Act I Scene 2, Exhibition Hall: Dance and Scene of the Diva and the Fascist 00:05:56
14.   Act I Scene 2, Exhibition Hall: Dance of the Black Man and 2 Soviet Football Players 00:03:46
15.   Act I Scene 2, Exhibition Hall: The Supposed Terrorist, "The Hand of Moscow" 00:03:17
16.   Act I Scene 2, Exhibition Hall: General Confusion - The Embarrassment of the Fascists 00:01:47
17.   Act I Scene 2, Exhibition Hall: A Rare Case of Mass Hysteria 00:02:58
18.   Act I Scene 2, Exhibition Hall: Conversation between the Director of the Exhibition and the Fascist 00:01:11
19.   Act I Scene 2, Exhibition Hall: Foxtrot … foxtrot … foxtrot 00:04:59
20.   Act II Scene 3, A Street in the Same City: Mime of the Agents Provocateurs, Provocation and Arrest: Galop 00:08:17
21.   Act II Scene 4, Workers' Stadium: Procession of the Workers to the Stadium - Dance of the Young Pioneers - Sports Games 00:01:51
22.   Act II Scene 4, Workers' Stadium: Football March 00:05:06


Disc 2

Shostakovich, Dmitry

  Zolotoy vek (The Golden Age), Op. 22, "The Age of Gold"
1.   Act II Scene 4, Workers' Stadium: Intermezzo, "Everybody amuses oneself in one's own way" 00:01:50
2.   Act II Scene 4, Workers' Stadium: Dance of the Western Komsomol Girl and 4 Sportsmen 00:06:39
3.   Act II Scene 4, Workers' Stadium: Sports Contests - Joint Sports Dance 00:03:44
4.   Act II Scene 4, Workers' Stadium: Scene and Exit of the Soviet Team 00:02:07
5.   Act III: Entr'acte, "Tea for Two" 00:03:28
6.   Act III Scene 5, Music Hall: Chechotka, "Shoe Shine of the Highest Grade" 00:04:51
7.   Act III Scene 5, Music Hall: Tango 00:03:18
8.   Act III Scene 5, Music Hall: Polka, "Once upon a Time in Geneva" - Polka, "Angel of Peace" 00:02:14
9.   Act III Scene 5, Music Hall: The Touching Coalition of the Classes, slightly fraudulent 00:04:25
10.   Act III Scene 5, Music Hall: Entrance of Diva and the Fascist - Their Dance 00:03:36
11.   Act III Scene 5, Music Hall: Can - can 00:06:21
12.   Act III Scene 6, Prison Building: Prelude 00:02:38
13.   Act III Scene 6, Prison Building: Scene of the Freeing of the Prisoners 00:09:20
14.   Act III Scene 6, Prison Building: Total Unveiling of the Conspiracy - The Bourgeoisie in Panic 00:06:42
15.   Act III Scene 6, Prison Building: Final Dance of Solidarity 00:05:49

Total Playing Time: 02:23:43






Composer(s):
Shostakovich, Dmitry

Conductor(s):
Serebrier, Jose

Orchestra(s):
Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Label: Naxos

Genre: Ballet

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.570217-18

Barcode: 747313021772

Physical Release: 11/2006

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